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Black Oxygen: Ann Terrell


Season 4 of Black Oxygen starts off featuring a conversation with Ann Terrell, current President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Ms. Terrell is an early childhood education professional serving 40 years in local, state and national leadership capacities. She has held a variety of positions and roles over her career including teacher, center director and administrator, child care licensing specialist, school district early childhood education director and higher education faculty. In 2018, Ms. Terrell authored and published her book Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education. In this episode we discuss the history of early childhood education in the United States, centering equity in early childhood education, what Black joy and love look like in the classroom and much more. Near the end of the episode Ann reminds us that we must, “acknowledge that early education is the start of education … learning begins at birth.”